Originally Posted by srehm1
The only Bruin who will fight Scott will be thornton. This is a big game and the bruins will just be playing for the points. Julien will have the handcuffs on the rest of the crew.
I think people get carried away with how much the bruins push teams around. The bruins are a very versatile team and if the rangers play a straight up and down style of game-guess what? the bruins will play the same kind of game. if scott, rupp, prust are trying to push bruins around, then the rough stuff happens. i don't see scott as that kind of player. he is the type to quietly ask you to dance (if he's in the mood) and if he is refused-nothing will happen. The bruins have no fear of scott just like they didn't care one iota about boogaard being on the team last year. the rangers have rupp and prust and that's fine for the fighting dept. in today's NHL.
I also think people overrate scott. he's a good fighter and certainly a top-3 type of guy but he's not a sestito type who goes around forcing the issue and pushing the envelope. This is why i don't understand this move. the bruins haven't done anything to the rangers this year to need this type of deterrent and if the bruins do something cheap or go over board-all they have to do is say no to scott and nothing will happen. the rangers have beat us every time so far this season, so I don't see scott really being much of a factor.
I don't know. I wrote what Scott said in the Times on Thursday in the other thread and if he plays it is his chance to prove he is worth being in the lineup. If he stays completely quiet like most of his Hawk games Tort has no reason to use him. If he shows that he gives the Rangers a physical edge he a least gets Tort thinking. If the Bruins let him do the pushing without responding then he becomes useful to the Rangers in my opinion. I say you see him more aggressive then usual if he is in the lineup. Also no way Julien has handcuffs on the B's. What he tells Mcquaid ,Lucic etc no fighting ? Maybe he tells Chara to pick his spots because he is so valuable but like you said the Rangers have won each game and it is important for the Bruins to make a statement. I think you right as far as Thornton fighting Scott but that is because Thornton makes himself the #1 guy. He has some Oreilly in him in that he wants to take the top guy of the other team. Hoping for a statement game on National TV like the old days. I will be there.